iZen group launches new Clapperboard drama label

The new scripted-content production company will be overseen by Mike Benson, MD of Chalkboard TV


Benson will also be bringing in senior scripted creative executives over the coming months whilst Chalkboard continues as a non-scripted entity alongside its sister company Storyboard Studios, based in Scotland and led by co-founder Natalie Humphreys.

The launch of Clapperboard follows Chalkboard’s first drama commission, Cold Call for Channel 5.

Clapperboard aims to offer a commercial and creative home for leading writers and directors in the UK by offering them a partnership with enhanced commercial terms more akin to a co-producer.

Mike Benson said: “iZen is all about creative collaboration and with the launch of Clapperboard we want to approach drama differently and recognise the central role played by writers and directors in creating brilliant drama. We want to offer a platform to help creators in the complex process of bringing their ideas to life, by giving them the necessary production and financial support, and the backing of a reliable international group with experience in the production of all scripted genres”

Jose Velasco, Chairman of iZen added: “The launch of Clapperboard as a new iZen partner company in the UK will complement the non-scripted work of Chalkboard and its Glasgow-based sister company Storyboard Studios and help us in our mission to make brilliant television of all genres for the UK market. Clapperboard will be 100% focused on creating and producing gripping scripted content.”